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A teacher

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Jane10 Sun 24-May-20 12:12:42

It's more usual, sadly, to notice or comment on negative aspects to life and people. I'm always glad to give credit where its due though. In the spirit of this I'd like to present DGS1's teacher Mr X. During the lockdown he's gone far above and beyond what could be expected. He's a man with a young family of his own all locked down with him. However, each morning, immaculately dressed he's there for the zoom classes which are attended by 24 children (and their onlooking mums!). The classes are lively and interesting. The basics are covered but, also, various projects are suggested that really pique the children's interest. Written work is submitted online and rapidly returned marked. All very good. DGS1 just soaks up the education he's receiving in this way. There's something else though: Mr X has an alternative persona. In this guise, on each child's birthday he makes up and sings a little song about them. He professes to know nothing about this other persona! He's hilarious, kind, engaging and the children are distraught that he won't be their teacher any more next academic year. An ornament to the profession.
DGS2 is not so lucky. His teacher is OK. She does what's required but no more and unsurprisingly, DGS2 isn't much interested in school work.
Some people just have it!

Callistemon Sun 24-May-20 12:19:39

DGD1's Y6 teacher was wonderful too. DGD1 has moved in to senior school now so has projects to do online, all assessed, and an occasional meeting with the form teacher and class. They have many excellent teachers in that primary school, but the Y6 teacher is the best one ever.

Bathsheba Sun 24-May-20 12:20:30

Gosh he sounds wonderful Jane, a prime example of a vocation as opposed to a job. Are your GS's siblings? What a stark contrast for them if so.

Teetime Sun 24-May-20 12:20:42

He sounds great and its lovely to hear such a positive story. I do worry about children.

Callistemon Sun 24-May-20 12:23:34

He sounds wonderful, holding zoom classes every day too.

Can you nominate him for Teacher of the Year Award?

Jane10 Sun 24-May-20 12:27:10

I suspect that the parents of the children in MrXs class will be fighting to nominate him for teacher of the year! Unfortunately, DGS2 is at the same school but not as lucky.

Marydoll Sun 24-May-20 12:31:36

Jane it's so lovely to hear this! A great deal of preparation would be required behind the scenes by Mr X, before he could even start the school day.

ninathenana Sun 24-May-20 13:04:17

It's so refreshing to read stories like this.
DD was very lucky in senior school with one teacher. She and a group of her piers met various dignitaries including the French ambassador and politicians due to an environmental group he organised all in his own time.
He has won local awards.
So good for the children to be inspired to learn.

EllanVannin Sun 24-May-20 13:13:17

I have nothing but praise for the headmaster of GGC's school, yes, the headmaster who's called regularly at my D's house where the children are, and besides bringing homework has brought cakes baked by his wife. He addresses the family as " his favourite family " which is so lovely.

I will be writing a letter to the school thanking him for his kindness and also the appreciation of us as a family.

BBbevan Sun 24-May-20 13:30:36

Is he Mr. Poppy?

wildswan16 Sun 24-May-20 13:47:57

There is certainly a lot more to being a "teacher" than standing up at the front of a class and imparting your knowledge.

Giving a love of learning is the greatest blessing of all.

Well done Mr X.

NotSpaghetti Sun 24-May-20 14:08:51

My husband is currently teaching online. I have heard him and watched from a distance. He is amazing me with his ingenuity - but it is taking up all of every moment it seems. He is working now and ill apparently be marking tomorrow.

He teaches at a university and was very delighted to win a teaching accolade there a few years ago.
I am super-proud of him.

And yes, some people really do just "have it".

trisher Sun 24-May-20 14:45:35

So lovely to hear this. I suppose if there is one thing this crisis has done it is to give parents more experience of what happens to their children at school.Congratulations to Mr X for doing things so well.
Children do love a teacher who dresses up. For National Book Day one year I dressed as Miss Trunchbull from Matilda. I role played in the morning and I thought I was horrid but when I announced I was stopping at lunchtime, they all begged me to carry on. Apparently it was funny!!

EllanVannin Sun 24-May-20 14:50:15

Who's Mr Poppy, BBbevan ?

GagaJo Sun 24-May-20 15:07:42

Hahaha Trisher! I've been Mary Poppins a couple of times, because I have a suitable coat. This year, I had to be the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, because my department had a theme.

I've struggled with a couple of my classes in my online lessons. My HOD has insisted I teach what SHE wants, instead of what I would prefer and consequently, those lessons have unfortunately not been the best. The topic is boring. I've tried to liven it up, but... Some topics don't translate well to online teaching.

MissAdventure Sun 24-May-20 15:12:49

My grandsons school have been very good about communicating, and very helpful, as he has remained at school throughout.

I almost could cry, considering how truly hateful his junior school was when we desperately needed some kindness.

kittylester Sun 24-May-20 15:24:25

How fabulous jane.

We have a mixture, The two teachers at the DD3's go to have been fabulous. No online classes and no pressure but phone calls once a week to ask about DGS's football team and then a suggestion of a poem, a story or a painting about simething they come up with. His sister's teacher asks about how their baby brother is, how the cat is and suggests something related to that. The head rings up for a chat.

At the school attended by DD2's children, the teachers send a very detailed timetable even for Bank Holidays and half term as 'they arent allowed to go anywhere' so could usefully do some school work.

There seems to be a huge dusparity in how schools work.

WOODMOUSE49 Sun 24-May-20 15:45:13

So much depends children having access to a laptop or tablet.
I do feel for some families where there is only one spare laptop or worst still none.
My son in law is one such family. They have 2 but one is his work one (working at home - so he needs it). That leaves one for the 2 children (11 and 8).
My other GC (15) is luckier. Secondary schools get more funding than primary. They have put money into every child has a laptop. She’s had Zoom lessons every day and had to register every morning.

silverlining48 Sun 24-May-20 15:49:13

What a pity teachers arent all as good. I was shocked to find that the total input by the teacher of my year 5 grandchild has been to send online 3 pieces of work every monday.
There has been no contact since they stopped going to school no enquiry if they are ok and work is not looked at so never marked. This is judged an outstanding school.

BBbevan Wed 27-May-20 20:13:56

EllanVallin. Mr Poppy is the super Teaching assistant in the Nativity films. Wonderful with the children but a loose cannon. Funny though and the children adore him